The Norton Simon Museum presents Beyond Brancusi: The Space of Sculpture, an exhibition that examines how the great sculptors of the 20th century were influenced by Constantin Brancusi and his groundbreaking use of space and material. Featuring 19 works from the Museum’s renowned collection of post-war art, by sculptors as diverse as Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Barbara Hepworth, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, John McCracken and Robert Irwin, the exhibition demonstrates how sculpture moved from being a self-contained, three-dimensional object to one that engages with its surrounding space. The exhibition is on view until January 6, 2014.
Never heard of Norton Simon? He was the industrialist who, in 1929, invested $7000 in a floundering juice bottling company later to become the highly prosperous Hunt Foods, Inc. While Norton Simon (1907-1993) acquired more businesses like McCall’s Publishing, Saturday Review of Literature, Canada Dry Corporation, Max Factor Cosmetics, and Avis Car Rental, he also acquired an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. In 1974, he searched for a permanent home for his large art collection and found it/bought it by assuming control of the financially strapped Pasadena Art Museum. Today, the combined collections can be seen in the unconventional museum building (renovated by Frank Gehry in the late 1990s) located in Pasadena’s Carmelita Park.
Ventura XII, 1970, Gabriel Kohn (American, 1910-1975), Alder, walnut and mahogany, 32-1/2 x 35 x 29 in., Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase with funds donated by an anonymous donor, © Norton Simon Museum